Wednesday ‘podge – Money and stuff

From this Side of the Pond

1. Find a penny. Look at the date and tell us something about your life or what you were doing that year? 

So I had a couple in my little change area and the majority were from 2020 but then I found one from 1994, which is way more interesting. In 1994, we had moved to Orlando (ok, Longwood, but close.) So in this year, I had to acclimate myself to a brand new school and make friends. I had lived in South Florida since I was a baby so I knew the same people for a good long while; I never had much life disruption prior to this move. So in that year, I was really figuring myself out. I was still super into Grunge but transitioning out. I hated Nirvana, to be honest, but loved Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I was finding new friends here and there who helped me to feel more at ease with the move. It wasn’t a great year but it was pivotal in my development.

2. Were you given an allowance as a child? Did you have to earn it in some way? Did you learn to save money when you were a child or is that something you figured out as an adult? 

I can’t remember when I first started earning an actual allowance; maybe 5th grade? Most of my money came from my grandparents, who sent a check whenever I got all As. My mom set up a savings account for me and always put it in. The first time I really remember spending the money was in middle school sometime. And yes, I definitely had to do chores to earn, as well as keep good grades. I do know that my parents impressed upon me the idea of saving but it was not until I had to struggle in college and right after that I figured out how to best budget my money. I spent like I didn’t have it, even when I did. So then, once I made a lot more money, I still treated money like that. I remember thinking that if I had a 50 dollar buffer in my checking account, I was golden. Then it moved to a hundred bucks and then a thousand. They say you need 3 months’ salary in there – which I have never had – but that is more about making sure you had enough in case you lose your job but to me, there’s more to it than just money. Plan your life so you may not be in that situation to begin with!

3. April 23rd is National Take A Chance Day…what’s a chance you need or want to take?

I took a chance and applied to a full time position at the community college where I now teach as an adjunct instructor. I DO want this position, though I am a little worried. I like how, now, I can sort of fly under the radar. If I am full time faculty, I will a.) have a 5 class load each term and b.) have to serve on committees. While I like the courses I teach, I am pretty jaded about higher ed in general and would rather not be in that high of a position. BUT, it means more job stability, higher pay, and back into the Florida Retirement System. So I am thinking about all those aspects while hoping they take a chance on ME.

4. What’s some outdated slang you seem to use a little too often? 

This one is surprisingly hard. I still say stuff like “awesome” and “badass”, which feel like they’re old. I definitely don’t use any new slang, if you don’t count when I reply to someone with “same” (and I think even that one is out)

5. It’s National Poetry month and I always like to make us work our brains a little…Roses are red
Violets are blue
….you fill in the rest with something original…

It’s nearing the end of the semester and

my anxiety is right on cue

LOL no, really, it’s just that there’s a lot of stuff going on right now and I am trying to organize so much. I both like and hate doing it all so I am stressed!

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

It’s been a busy few days! My weekend was whirlwind – soccer and whatnot – and then the week hasn’t slowed down either. Ash’s dad got here late afternoon Monday and then came to Koda’s baseball game and we went to eat right after. Before that, I taught my classes and Ash and I did about 2.5 hours of yard work! I had to take the boys for well child checkups so there was driving all over town to get them, then waiting forever at the doc. So yeah, no downtime at all. Plus, my classes are all careening towards the end so I am grading and trying to be caught up.

I am currently administering a final writing assignment in my Zoom class and then I have to drive to the high school my son will attend and drop off a check for a summer cross country thing. He’s not happy that I am making him go but listen to this opportunity: kids who want to join will spend 5 days in the Tennessee mountains, training and doing team building. It sounds amazing! He’s mad that I didn’t do school choice and send him to the one he knows people at (even though he knows people at the one we’re zoned for) but this will be an awesome way for him to meet kids before the year even starts. I hope he comes back excited for school and the XC season.

3 thoughts on “Wednesday ‘podge – Money and stuff

  1. Good luck to you with the job opportunity. It sounds like a win and I’m sure you’ll adjust to all the new things.

  2. Best of luck with the job opportunity. My hubby was an adjunct prof at a university–he preferred that for all the reasons you listed (although he did have retirement).
    I think your son will adjust and eventually thank you for the opportunities you are giving him. My granddaughter just started running track in eighth grade and finally discovered she’s good at it.

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